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Move, rotate, or scale annotation

In the Modify Features pane, Annotation Edit Annotation moves, scales, and rotates text by dragging the selection graphic. Depending on where you hover on the selection graphic, the pointer changes to the move, rotate, or scale pointer.

This workflow can be useful when your edits don't require a selection anchor for snapping to other features. The benefit of using the annotation selection tool is you can select only annotation features and exclude other feature types from the selection.

Note:

To edit annotation features not created with ArcGIS Pro, upgrade the feature class. To learn more, see Upgrade dataset.

Move

To move an annotation feature, select the feature with Select Annotation Select Annotation and hover over the selection graphic near a line. When the pointer changes to the move pointer, drag the feature.

Move annotation

  1. On the Edit tab in the Features group, click Modify Modify Features.

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand click Annotation Edit Annotation.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click Select Annotation Select Annotation and select the annotation feature.

    The selected features appear in a list and a selection graphic appears around the feature. By default, the formatting toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Formatting toolbar
    Tip:

    When you hover over an edge of the toolbar, the pointer changes to the move pointer and you can drag the toolbar to a new location.

  4. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it in the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  5. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily toggle snapping off.
  6. Hover over a selection handle until the pointer changes to the move pointer, and drag the feature.
  7. On the editing toolbar, click Finish Finish or press the F2 key.

    Editing toolbar

Rotate

To rotate an annotation feature, select the feature with Select Annotation Select Annotation and hover outside of the selection graphic near a control handle. When the pointer changes to the rotate pointer, drag the feature.

Rotate annotation

  1. On the Edit tab in the Features group, click Modify Modify Features.

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand click Annotation Edit Annotation.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click Select Annotation Select Annotation and select the annotation feature.

    The selected features appear in a list and a selection graphic appears around the feature. By default, the formatting toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Formatting toolbar
    Tip:

    When you hover over an edge of the toolbar, the pointer changes to the move pointer and you can drag the toolbar to a new location.

  4. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it in the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  5. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily toggle snapping off.
  6. Hover over a selection handle until the pointer changes to the rotate pointer, and drag the feature.
  7. On the editing toolbar, click Finish Finish or press the F2 key.

    Editing toolbar

Scale

To scale an annotation feature, click Annotation Edit Annotation and select the feature with Select Annotation Select Annotation. Hover over a control handle until the pointer changes to the scale pointer, and drag the handle.

Scale annotation

  1. On the Edit tab in the Features group, click Modify Modify Features.

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand click Annotation Edit Annotation.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. In the pane, click Select Annotation Select Annotation and select the annotation feature.

    The selected features appear in a list and a selection graphic appears around the feature. By default, the formatting toolbar appears at the bottom of the map.

    Formatting toolbar
    Tip:

    When you hover over an edge of the toolbar, the pointer changes to the move pointer and you can drag the toolbar to a new location.

  4. If you select more than one feature, click an item in the list to flash it in the map, right-click the feature you want to edit, and click Only Select This Unselect on the context menu.
  5. On the Edit tab in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences.
    • Press and hold the Spacebar to temporarily toggle snapping off.
  6. Hover over a selection handle until the pointer changes to the scale pointer, and drag the handle.
  7. On the editing toolbar, click Finish Finish or press the F2 key.

    Editing toolbar


In this topic
  1. Move
  2. Rotate
  3. Scale